Yes, all telecoms assisted in government surveillance, but they didn’t go about it with anything close to the same eagerness and enthusiasm. They were slackers by comparison. AT&T was singled out by the NSA as “highly collaborative” with an “extreme willingness to help.” What did they do to earn such high praise?
Well, the company cheerfully handed over billions of emails — more than a million a day. They offered tech support to wiretap the goddamn United Nations headquarters, a customer. And brought in twice the financial support from the NSA as the next-most-enriched telecom. When asked to respond, an AT&T spokesman sputtered, “We don’t comment on matters of national security.” Ooh, good one.
Boys and girls, we’re never off the grid. Never. We’re being watched and tracked 24/7. We don’t need to carry a cell phone or use email, either. Heck, no. Do you use a credit card? Debit card? Do you go to the doctor? Have insurance? A library card? Go to the pharmacy? The mall?
Information from all those sources is readily available, providing an insider’s guide to the complete and very personal details of our daily lives. In metadata. That’s the stuff they contend is harmless, but is, in actuality, a gold mine.
Well, what can we do? We’re sitting ducks, powerless against the prying and snooping. No, we’re not. There’s an easy, obvious solution staring us in the face: pen and paper. Go back to letter writing. If you’re super-duper paranoid, use disappearing ink. Do something, for crying out loud. Fight back.
Here, use this. Fun, kicky paper designed to be opened like the fruit it represents. Peeled, in other words. Available in apple, banana, orange, and watermelon from A-maze paper on etsy.com. For best results, pay in cash. It doesn’t leave a trail. And good luck.